ARIES (March 20—April 20) Cardinal/Fire. Planet: Pluto Independent, self-reliant, dynamic, assertive, enthusiastic, intense, headstrong, self-motivated, creative, enterprising, pioneering, playful, childlike, impatient, pushy, demanding, impetuous, obsessive, compulsive, consuming & tumultuous. Happiest when involved in a new project, hobby, business or romance.
TAURUS (April 20—May 20) Fixed/Earth. Planet: Venus Solid, steady, down-to-earth, grounded, supportive, comforting, gentle, affectionate, loyal, possessive, reliable, practical, determined, stubborn, enduring, environmentally-conscious, domestic, self-indulgent, sensuous, sluggish & resistant to change. Home, family and property matters take priority.
GEMINI (May 20—June 20) Mutable/Air. Planet: Mercury Versatile, inquisitive, alert, observant, quick-minded, informative, communicative, witty, teasing, clever, handy, dexterous, multi-faceted, superficial, imitative, mobile, restless, scattered, easily-diverted, inconsistent, fickle & chameleon-like. Skilled at making contacts & connections. Variety is the spice of life!
CANCER (June 20—July 22) Cardinal/Water. Luminary: Moon Nurturing, maternal, caring, instinctive, subtle, moody, tenacious, absorptive, receptive, retentive, sentimental, cherishing, accumulative, shrewd, self-protective, defensive, insecure, apprehensive, introverted, sensitive & touchy. Focused on feelings, finances & food; emotional security is very important.
LEO (July 22—August 22) Fixed/Fire. Luminary: Sun Radiant, vibrant, warm-hearted, cheerful, outgoing, extroverted, expressive, impressive, colorful, confident, charismatic, dramatic, self-assured, poised, proud, dignified, regal, generous, magnanimous, loyal, imperious, ostentatious, arrogant & self-centered. Gravitates to the spotlight; have excellent organizational skills.
VIRGO (August 22—Sept. 22) Mutable/Earth. Planet: Mercury Industrious, analytical, discriminating, systematic, detail-oriented, methodical, efficient, orderly, meticulous, fussy, fastidious, health-conscious, helpful, service-oriented, problem-solving, capable, skillful, modest, accurate, critical, fault-finding, complaining, picky & worrying. Work is the hub of the universe.
LIBRA (September 22—October 22) Cardinal/Air. Planet: Venus Sociable, friendly, charming, gracious, courteous, accommodating, responsive, considerate, thoughtful, kind, sweet, cooperative, idealistic, fair, gentle, refined, polished, aesthetic, artistic, abstract, diplomatic, persuasive, calm, indecisive, procrastinating & lethargic. Highly values friendship, beauty, peace & harmony.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22—Nov. 21) Fixed/Water. Planet: Mars Powerful, decisive, goal-oriented, ambitious, competitive, courageous, energetic, persistent, loyal, determined, deliberate, protective, reserved, private, deep, penetrating, mysterious, magnetic, sexy, hypnotic, controlling, dominating, jealous, sarcastic, suspicious & vindictive. Must be in control & on top of things.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21—Dec. 21) Mutable/Fire. Planet: Jupiter Knowledgeable, philosophical, worldly, adventurous, expansive, excessive, communicative, direct, outspoken, blunt, straightforward, truthful, sincere, fanatical, generous, extravagant, jovial, buoyant, uplifting, optimistic, intuitive, prophetic, farsighted, opportunistic & reckless. Seeks truth, knowledge, travel & adventure.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21—Jan. 20) Cardinal/Earth. Planet: Saturn Responsible, dependable, trustworthy, mature, disciplined, patient, long-suffering, serious, sober, pessimistic, conscientious, practical, respectable, moral, proper, formal, cold, inhibited, authoritative, paternal, acquisitive, utilitarian, conservative, frugal, habit-prone, judgmental & doubting. Have natural managerial skills.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20—Feb. 18) Fixed/Air. Planet: Uranus Independent, unique, unconventional, eccentric, spontaneous, unpredictable, rebellious, antagonistic, reactive, contrary, individualistic, ingenious, inventive, original, liberal, futuristic, free-thinking, intellectual, democratic, equable, cool, detached, abrupt & bullying. Likes to confront, shock & awaken others.
PISCES (Feb. 18—March 20) Mutable/Water. Planet: Neptune Compassionate, sensitive, psychic, impressionable, trusting, absorptive, healing, forgiving, charitable, devoted, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, imaginative, meditative, contemplative, mystical, poetic, rhythmic, ethereal, dreamy, masochistic, self-deceptive, elusive, secretive, vague & chaotic. Much empathy & care for the underdog.
SUN: “I am”, ego, self-expression, identity, individuality, self, consciousness, existence, presence, being, life force, prana, fire, heart, vitality, confidence, image, center, spirit, soul, god, animus, masculinity, daytime, egotism, narcissism, arrogance
MOON: “I feel”, emotional response, instincts, moods, memories, subconscious, receptivity, self-preservation, survival, inner resources, finances, values, dependencies, nourishment, mother, goddess, anima, femininity, nighttime, insecurity, timidity
MERCURY: “I observe”, intellect, reason, logic, thoughts, ideas, interests, analysis, problem-solving, mental aptitude, communication, comprehension, objectivity, connective ability, discernment, discrimination, perception, skepticism, criticism
VENUS: “I enjoy”, tastes, pleasures, sweets, love, friendship, relationships, beauty, balance, harmony, ease, aesthetics, culture, artistry, design, refinement, charm, peace, diplomacy, fair play, participation, cooperation & collaboration, procrastination, passivity
MARS: “I desire”, energy, power, control, leadership, ambition, goals, challenge, struggle, combat, war, competition, physical courage, loyalty, action, aggression, assertiveness, desires, sexuality, penetration, potency, dominance, anger, revenge, jealousy
JUPITER: “I increase”, growth, expansion, opportunity, promotion, adventure, exploration, travel, worldliness, knowledge, wisdom, faith, truth, beliefs, education, tolerance, optimism, generosity, humor, farsightedness, recklessness, extravagance, excess, gluttony
SATURN: “I conserve”, security, sobriety, reality, morality, responsibility, discipline, commitment, duty, obligations, authority, management, status quo, establishment, rules & regulations, patience, experience, father, elders, pessimism, doubt, inhibition, negativity, greed
URANUS: “I awaken”, freedom, independence, equality, alternatives, change, originality, invention, ingenuity, spontaneity, unpredictability, revolution, rebellion, confrontation, separation, detachment, shocks, electricity, enlightenment, eccentricity, antagonism
NEPTUNE: “I surrender”, transcendence, spirituality, psychic perception, imagination, visualization, dreams, illusions, empathy, compassion, clairvoyance, forgiveness, health/healing, devotion, sacrifice, escapism, chaos, impressionability, self-deception, naivete
PLUTO: “I transform”, regeneration, renewal, metamorphosis, initiation, new beginnings, conception, rebirth, children, play, risk-taking, trailblazing, innovation, upheaval, eruption, combustion, resurrection, annihilation, impatience, obsessive-compulsiveness
ERIS: “I stabilize”. This dwarf planet, discovered in 2005 beyond Pluto, continues to be researched regarding its place in the astrological pantheon. Based on its mean distance from the Earth, it would most likely be associated with Taurus.
NORTH NODE: (mathematical point) Symbolizes the path of personal integration through which fulfillment, satisfaction and emotional growth can be realized in this lifetime
SOUTH NODE: (opposite the NORTH NODE) Symbolizes the path of least resistance and the habits, patterns & attachments of the past which can hold you back (the “bottomless pit”)
PART OF FORTUNE: (mathematical point) Symbolizes the areas of life through which emotional & financial security can be realized. Its house placement denotes the phase of the moon of the chart
ASCENDANT (RISING SIGN): The sign rising on the eastern horizon at the exact moment of birth. Associated with the first house cusp, it describes one’s outlook on life, personality, disposition, self-image & appearance. It represents the “window” through which we view the world — and how others initially view us. The planet that rules the Ascendant is considered the ruling planet of the chart.
MIDHEAVEN: The point, set up with geographical directions instead of zodiacal directions, where the sun would be at its highest point in the sky, ie. high noon.
KEYWORDS FOR THE HOUSES:
(click on above link for the page on Houses of the Horoscope)
FIRE (Aries, Leo & Sagittarius): Spiritual, inspirational, warm, enthusiastic, excitable, ardent, impulsive, active, all-consuming, burning, passionate, sparkling, igniting, zesty, temperamental, energetic, outgoing & fiery
EARTH (Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn): Physical, substantial, tangible, concrete, real, practical, basic, sensible, pragmatic, fundamental, material, containing, essential, somatic, graphic, tactile, solid, stable, steady & earthy
AIR (Gemini, Libra & Aquarius): Mental, abstract, intellectual, knowledgeable, conceptual, theoretical, analytical, rational, quick-witted, rational, detached, alert, astute, observant, refined, light, breezy, communicative & airy
WATER (Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces): Emotional, sensitive, feeling, flowing, fluid, sensuous, subtle, sensory, psychic, subjective, reflective, absorptive, porous, impressible, fertile, juicy, fluctuating, unstable, changeable, moody, insecure & watery
CARDINAL (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn): Initiating, activating, expediting, assertive, advancing, originating, aggressive, leading, trailblazing, enterprising, positive, dynamic, instigating, motivating, creative, formational & promoting. First month of each season.
FIXED (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius): Established, immovable, steadfast, unwavering, fixed, structured, settled, permanent, firm, unchanging, constant, stable, persistent, determined, resistant, opinionated, stubborn & enduring. Second month of each season.
MUTABLE (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces): Adaptable, flexible, pliable, changeable, free-flowing, restless, mobile, unsettled, vacillating, ever-changing, transitional, elastic, plastic, supple, facile, versatile, adjustable & variable. Third (final) month of each season.
CONJUNCTION – 0° (10° orb) Usually in the same sign. Symbol of emphasis, combined power, intense concentration of force & energy. Blends, stimulates, gives life, dramatizes and awakens. Of the nature of LEO.
SEMI-SEXTILE – 30° (2° orb) One sign apart. Involves one’s resources, values and needs to feel useful. Tendency to go along with things. Involves dependency, insecurity & worries. Of the nature of CANCER/VIRGO.
SEXTILE – 60° (6° orb) Two signs apart. Involves the principle of communication, sociability, harmony & opportunity. Stimulates the exchange of ideas and denotes ease in gathering information, as well as skill in using it effectively. Contributes to understanding and appreciation. Of the nature of GEMINI/LIBRA.
SQUARE – 90° (10° orb) Three signs apart. Denotes stress, tension & inner conflict. Tests one’s use of power & authority. Misuse creates discord, competitiveness, defiance and poor bodily functioning. Desire to possess or suppress can generate jealousy, frustration & pain. Must learn how to use energy constructively and to develop patience & tolerance. Of the nature of TAURUS/SCORPIO
TRINE -120° (10° orb) Four signs apart. Represents creativity, self-motivation & enthusiasm. Not dependent on the outside world, as needs are supplied from within. Energy comes from a higher source. Involves talent, ease, faith & willingness to take a risk. Of the nature of ARIES/SAGITTARIUS.
INCONJUNCT (or QUINCUNX) -150° (10° orb) Five signs apart. Denotes need for psychological adjustment. Involves the sacrifice of personal desires and the offering of all available resources for the benefit of others. By providing service and assuming personal responsibility, the tendency toward weakness, illness, guilt & frustration can be alleviated. Of the nature of PISCES/CAPRICORN.
OPPOSITION -180° (10° orb) Six signs apart (half of the circle). Symbolizes confrontation: coming face to face with a projection of yourself (the shadow). Can involve open conflict & tension in relationships or an attraction of opposites. It can represent an integrative, complimentary link with another through teamwork interaction. Involves crisis & change in consciousness. Of the nature of AQUARIUS.
©2016 Diane Elizabeth Clarke